crossplatform standalone python apps

Gabriel Rossetti gabriel.rossetti at
Thu Oct 23 08:33:07 CEST 2008

Martin v. Löwis wrote:
>> I like to create a cross-platform standalone python application, like
>> Mac OS *.app dirs. The idea is to distribute a zip file containing
>> everything (the python interpreter and all) so that a user just unzips
>> it and runs it. 
> I don't think this can possibly work. If the zipfile contains the Python
> interpreter, it can't possibly work on all platforms - the Python
> interpreter is run as native machine code of the respective CPU.
yes, I know that :-), I ment everything that can be, my problem is more 
with PYTHONPATH and stuff like that.
> So either you drop the requirement that the zipfile must be
> cross-platform, or you drop the requirement that the Python interpreter
> is included in the zipfile.
> Notice that Mac OS *.app dirs are *not* cross-platform, either - they
> only work on Mac OS.
Yes, I also know that, I was giving them as an example of how I'd like 
it to work (out of the box)
> Regards,
> Martin

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